Do I hear you say "Oh Really? WHY?" (I bet some of you will)
Your sketchbook charts your progress. (I guarantee that the sketches at the end of a book are better than those at the beginning).
It can record your thoughts - when you go back to look at a sketch, you will know exactly how you felt when you made it.
It will help you to "see" better, and to translate what you see in our three dimensional world, into two dimensions on paper. You will be "exercising" your eyes and hands.
It is a place for practice. It can be totally private. It can be small enough to fit in your pocket, and carry at all times.
My sketchbooks serve three main purposes.
In them I...
- make a record of what I see, for fun, for practice, for memories
- make thumbnail sketches to try out compositions for paintings and finally
- in the back pages, I make written notes of things I learn along the way, I put in quotes, titles of books, little notes to show, for example, how to construct something in perspective; anything I might hear or see and feel could be useful.